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The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins Mysteries Book 12) by [Rickman, Phil]
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"Compassionate, original and sharply contemporary, Rickman's crime series is one of the best around." --"Spectator"

"Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal better than Rickman. Merrily Watkins is both strikingly original and consistently intriguing... A fascinating portrayal of ancient grudges and shifting allegiances make this an absorbing and thought-provoking thriller." --"Guardian"

"First rate crime with demons that go bump in the night." --"Daily Mail"

About the Author

Phil Rickman lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the hugely popular author of The Bones of Avalon and the Merrily Watkins series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2303 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ER7ZRJ6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 244 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
The Magus of Hay is number twelve in the Merrily Watkins series and here we find the quality and power of its predecessors returning stronger than ever. The 'town of books', Hay-on-Wye, is presented as an eerie place, its characterful old streets full of shadows and uncertainties. Rickman, as ever, evokes a wonderful sense of place.

A chain of events is set in motion by a seemingly ordinary death and a desperate whim to open a bookshop. What follows is the gripping story of unaborted seeds of resentment, how they grow within certain individuals, making them, through their delusions, into portals that allow the entry of evil. Benign spiritual intentions are subverted with sly and cunning deception. A tangled and chilling web indeed. Can Merrily Watkins survive this legacy of past aspiration and its continuing fatal repercussions? Can the battered DI Frannie Bliss keep up the pace?

As a bonus, The Magus of Hay features the welcome return of some familiar characters, a dense atmosphere and beautiful depictions of the landscape in and around Hay.

This novel grabbed me from the outset, unputdownable and plenty of bang for your buck. As is always the case with Phil Rickman's novels, the pages seem to fly past and when the few remaining pages begin to diminish with ever increasing speed, you can't help but wish the novel would never end - one of the most telling signs of a thoroughly satisfying and thrilling read.
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Totally agree with all the praise given so far.

This is a brilliant book and one of Phil's best.

My only complaint is that it was a long time coming and when will the next one be out ! Seriously, it was well worth waiting for and I can't think of anyone who can weave a story that incorporates modern day crime, with old legends, with the supernatural and lots of human interest. Meeting Merrily and her circle again is like catching up with old friends.

Phil, if you are reading this, thank you very much and please don't keep us waiting for the next one !
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Mr Rickman has done it again. Here I am once more at ten to five in the morning, bleary-eyed and blown away by story-telling genius. The magnificent backdrop of Hay- on- Wye gives both class and momentum to this latest page-turner featuring Merrily Watkins, exorcist vicar. I'm not going to give a synopsis as frankly my eyes are crossing, and you've already read what's needful above. All you need now is to know that the book is fantastic, magical, beautifully crafted, chilling in its depiction of evil both corporeal and intangible, and you'll need to clear your decks of other business before you start reading because it's very, very hard to stop.
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Ever since Lamp of the Wicked, the supernatural quotient of this crime series has been stepped down, notch by notch, until you could be mistaken for thinking Merrily Watkins herself had exorcised all the lurking revenants hiding in the dark shadows between the pages. But just when you think it's finally safe to turn out the lights in Ledwardine, Phil Rickman gives the Creepy-Dial a hard twist to the right and we find ourselves in the middle of an authentically disturbing ghost story woven through with neo-nazis, sexual sadists, and a whole motley collection of Kindle-hating second-hand book sellers. I'm still unsure which of these scares me most.

One disadvantage of having a successful long-running series is the sheer weight of secondary characters picked up along the way, all demanding their own major story line (plus personal luxury trailers) and threatening to defect for Eastenders if they don't get it. So all credit to Rickman for having the courage to stand firm and thin out the pack, giving the stage-set a leaner, more tightly focussed demeanour that allows the spotlight to swing firmly back on Merrily Watkins. Pared back to basics and with fewer characters to juggle with, the story itself rises from the pages in a more direct and urgent fashion.
The underlying theme of `damaged goods' provides a strong undercurrent to the subtext in Magus of Hay with many characters either physically or spiritually compromised, each injury and hurt a mirror fragment reflecting the real principal character of the novel - the ailing and economically moribund Kingdom of Hay. This border town, once newsworthy for a meteoric rise in fortune due to second-hand book-trading is now in serious decline.
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I like Phil Rickman's style of writing, which is considerably more fluid and advanced than 95% of what gets published these days, Merrily is growing as a person, and we learn more and more of the mystical history of the Welsh border areas in this interesting and well thought out murder mystery. Bliss too, is becoming more rounded, and the involvement of the likeable and intelligent Gwyn Jones really added something to the plot, as his presence and insight moved things along nicely. I look forward to the next in the series...I enjoy the point of difference that is the historical research and the knowledge of the area and it's peoples.
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Phil Rickman is directly responsible for me and my family visiting the Hereford area several times. Despite all the evil stuff going on in his books, you will be left with a huge desire to go and see the places for yourself. VisitBritain should make him an honorary member.

Once again we are invited to join Merrily on her odyssey of handling inner and outer turmoil. The story features several characters who on previous run ins with Merrily, and events around her, were left broken and scarred. This could be considered the underlying theme of the book and it resonates strongly with the fragmentation going on around and within Merrily.

Even though this book is remarkable on its own, i would recommend new readers to start at the beginning. All the books in the series are extremely high quality.
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